Notice To Mariners No. S.H.6:
The Dangerous Substances In Harbour Areas Regulations 1987 - Humber
The above Regulations require Masters or Agents of vessels carrying dangerous substances to give NOTICE OF ENTRY OF DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES into the Humber Harbour area to the Harbour Master, Humber.
Masters and Agents should, by reference to the Regulations, determine their obligations.
Principal requirements of the Regulations are abridged as follows (numbers are paragraph numbers in these Regulations). Mariners are advised to acquaint themselves fully with the requirements of these Regulations.
MEANING OF DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE
3.—(1) Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), "dangerous substance" means any substance (including any preparation or other mixture) which by reason of its characteristic properties, being properties specified in column 1 of Part I of Schedule 1, creates a risk to the health or safety of any person when the substance is in a harbour or harbour area and includes, whether or not it would otherwise be a dangerous substance, any substance or article which is within the definition of "dangerous goods" in the Merchant Shipping (Dangerous Goods and Marine Pollutants) Regulations 1997, except that nothing in those Regulations shall be construed as defining a marine pollutant in Class 9 of the IMDG Code under UN number 3077 or 3082 or any substance otherwise included in Class 9 of the IMDG Code solely by reason of its being a marine pollutant, as a dangerous substance for the purposes of these Regulations.
3(5) For the purposes of these Regulations vessels which HAVE CARRIED a liquid dangerous substance in bulk and portable tanks which have contained a liquid dangerous substance shall be deemed to be still carrying or containing that dangerous substance, as the case may be, until in the case of a vessel it has been gas-freed, inerted or cleaned and in the case of a portable tank it has been purged or cleaned, so that any of the substance or its vapour that remains is not sufficient to create a risk to the health or safety of any person.
6. NOTICE OF ENTRY OF DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES
A dangerous substance shall not be brought into the Humber area unless NOTICE has been given to the Harbour Master, Humber not less than 24 HOURS before the substance is brought in, unless this is impracticable in which case the notice must be given before the vessel navigates the Humber. (see definition of HUMBER).
8. FLAGS AND LIGHTS TO BE DISPLAYED BY VESSELS
Vessels carrying Dangerous Substances to which these Regulations apply are required to display a red flag during the daytime and, when moored or anchored, an all round red light at night. The use of the red light at night when a vessel is underway or moving within the Humber will not be permitted.
10. VESSELS TO KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE FROM MOORED OR ANCHORED VESSELS DISPLAYING THE FLAG OR LIGHT REQUIRED BY REGULATION 8
A Master shall not bring his vessel alongside a moored or anchored vessel which is displaying any flag or light required by Regulation 8 without permission, and shall otherwise keep his vessel at a safe distance from that vessel.
11. MARKING OF BARGES
PERSONS IN CHARGE of barges should ensure the display of hazard warning panels as appropriate and as specified in Schedule 5 of the Regulations.
13. PROVISION AND USE OF RADIOS
(2) The Master of a vessel to which this regulation applies shall ensure that at all times it is in the Humber area it is provided with a VHF radio capable of receiving and transmitting.
(3) The Master of a vessel to which this regulation applies shall ensure that a listening watch is kept on the operational frequency of the harbour authority (i.e. Channel 14 in the Approaches to the meridian of longitude passing through the No. 4A Clee Ness Light Float and Channel 12 upstream of this meridian) at all times except :-
(a) when the vessel is at a berth or
(b) for SHORT periods when the radio is tuned to another frequency
for navigational or operational purposes.
14. ANCHORING AND MOORING OF VESSELS
(1) The Master of a vessel which is carrying a dangerous substance or on board which any dangerous substance is to be loaded shall anchor or moor his vessel only at such places and at such times as the Harbour Master may from time to time direct and shall ensure that any conditions the Harbour Master may impose with regard to anchoring or mooring are complied with.
15. MOBILITY OF VESSELS
The Master of a vessel carrying a dangerous substance shall ensure that the vessel is in a state of readiness to be moved at any time tidal conditions permitting.
19. FITNESS OF VESSELS
Masters of vessels should ensure that the vessel has a valid certificate of fitness appropriate to the carriage of dangerous substances therein.
28. UNTOWARD INCIDENTS
(1) In these regulations, "untoward incident" means an incident involving or threatening the containment of a dangerous substance which might, irrespective of where such incident occurs, create in the harbour area a risk of serious personal injury or a risk to the safety of a vessel.
(2) The Master of a vessel carrying a dangerous substance shall immediately inform the Harbour Master, Humber of any untoward incident which occurs or has occurred on the vessel.
NOTIFICATION required under these regulations insofar as the Humber is concerned should be given to Vessel Traffic Services, Humber (Call sign "VEE TEE ESS HUMBER"), either by telephone 01482-212191, telex 597222, fax 01482-218773, or by VHF Channel 14 for vessels in the Humber Approaches up to the meridian of longitude which passes through the No. 4A Clee Ness Light Float and VHF Channel 12 upstream of this meridian or by other radiotelephonic means.
It is not intended that the instructions contained in this Notice to Mariners should in any way alter any arrangements for giving notice to this Authority's individual Humber Ports or Berth Operators of the nature and quantity of dangerous substances carried or to be carried in a vessel.
This Notice does not affect the requirement to report under the Merchant Shipping (Reporting Requirements for Ships Carrying Dangerous or Polluting Goods) Regulations 1995). and amendments
For the purposes of The Dangerous Substances in Harbour Areas Regulations 1987 the "HUMBER" includes the Lower Trent from the south side of the stone bridge at Gainsborough, the Ouse from 100 yards below the Skelton Railway Bridge and the Humber River and Estuary from the confluence of the Rivers Trent and Ouse seawards to the outer Pilotage limits, i.e. so much of the sea as lies within the straight lines drawn:
From Easington Church Lat. 58° 39' N, Long. 0° 07' E in a direction 090°(T) to the geographical position Lat. 53° 39' N, Long. 0° 25' E; thence
In a direction 180°(T) to the geographical position Lat. 53° 37'.25 N, Long. 0° 24' E, and thence
In a direction 224½°(T) to the site of the former Donna Nook Beacon in Lat. 53° 28'.38 N, Long. 0° 09'.33 E.
Marine Safety Agency - Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1741 (M)
Advice to Operators, Shipowners, Charterers, Managers, Shipping Agents, Pilots, Port Authorities, Masters, Ships Officers and Shippers of dangerous goods entering the Hunber.
The Merchant Shipping (Reporting Requirements for Ships Carrying Dangerous and Polluting Good) Regulations 1995 ("the Regulations") enter into force on 31st October, 1995. The Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1741 (M) explains how the OPERATOR (DEFINED IN THE REGULATIONS AS THE OWNER, CHARTERER, MANAGER OR AGENT OF A SHIP) should comply with the Regulations.
The Regulations implement Council Directive 93/75/EEC ("the Directive") relating to vessels bound for or leaving Community ports and carrying dangerous goods or polluting goods by giving statutory effect to the method by which the information contained in Schedule I and Schedule II must be notified.
The Directive aims to ensure that in the event of an accident, the relevant "competent authorities" have ready access to the information about such goods aboard ships bound for or leaving European Community ports by requiring the operators of such ships to report certain information to those authorities. In the United Kingdom the Competent Authority is the
Coastguard Agency (the "Coastguard").
Responsibility for providing information.
Masters are responsible for providing a completed check list as required in Schedule II to the pilot or to VTS Humber on behalf of the Humber Harbour Authority where the master is also the pilot. The pilot and the Humber Harbour Authority are responsible for passing relevant information in connection with the check list to the coastguard.
The Check List and Arrangements for Harbour Pilots
Master to provide information to the harbour pilot.
On approaching the Humber, the master on a ship carrying dangerous or polluting goods must complete a check list in the form set out in Schedule II and must hand this to the pilot. The Humber Harbour Master shall also be given a copy of the check list, should he so request it. For this reason the master is advised to make at least two copies available. THESE PROCEDURES DO NOT RELIEVE MASTERS OF THEIR OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE "DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES IN HARBOUR AREAS REGULATIONS 1987" (NOTICE TO MARINERS S.H.6 APPLIES) AND THE POWERS OF THE HUMBER HARBOUR AUTHORITY.
Duties of the Pilot
A pilot engaged in berthing, unberthing or manoeuvring a vessel in the United Kingdom waters or acting in that capacity, who concludes:
(i) through his own observations;
(ii) by reference to the completed Schedule II check list received
from the master of the ship;
(iii) by the absence of the check list;
that it has deficiencies which may prejudice its safe navigation, must notify this information to VTS, Humber, (the Harbour Authority) immediately. VTS, Humber (the Harbour Authority) will in turn pass this information on to the MARINE SAFETY AGENCY which may use it to enforce marine legislation.